Maggi Thorne on her Traumatic Brain Injury and making the decision to leave ANW

Photo by: Mitchell Leff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images “On the morning of September 11th of this year, the day after my TBI rehab was extended a third time, I called the producers to let them know I was not coming back for season 12.” Maggi Thorne has everything it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior: strength, grit, and determination. Over the years, we have seen her fight back time and time again, including last season when she had the best run of her career despite hitting her face on the Diving Boards. Maggi looked visibly […]

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Drew Drechsel is a dad!

Drew Drechsel – https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lqjehllQ1/ Welcome to the world, Korey Kade. We’ve been anticipating this day since Drew Drechsel and April Beckner’s special announcement back in June. View this post on Instagram SURPRISE!! We have a Real Life Baby on the way and he’s already started his training for #ANW32. Photo Cred: Uncle @youngflip7 A post shared by Drew Drechsel (@reallifeninja) on Jun 7, 2019 at 3:12pm PDT The Real Life Baby is here (And we can’t wait to see him in this adorable outfit!). View this post on Instagram Real Life Baby!! @reallifeninja and I are expecting a baby boy […]

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7 ANW Junior finishes that were almost too close to call!

Photo by: Eddy Chen/Universal Kids/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images After getting a look at what’s to come in American Ninja Warrior Junior season 2 earlier this week, we can’t wait to see what these amazing athletes are going to do in February! But until then, we’ll take these close calls from season 1. These runs have drama, excitement, and hustle from the moment they start until the moment they hit that buzzer. We love that these kids never give up! But the best part—besides Matt and Akbar’s reactions, of course—is the sportsmanship. We all know losing isn’t easy, but […]

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Watch Michelle Warnky’s first submission video from season 5

Photo by: Justin Merriman/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Get to know Michelle’s family, her time abroad, and how she got into Ninja. Over the course of six seasons, Michelle Warnky has grown into a strong female competitor in American Ninja Warrior. Season 11 was her best one yet, making it through Archer Alley and falling on Spin Your Wheels. Over the years, we’ve seen her father, Chris Warnky, compete and most recently, Michelle and boyfriend Joel Buurma got engaged! But let’s take it back to her first submission video for season 5, where we learn about […]

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Get a first look at American Ninja Warrior Junior season 2

Photo by: Eddy Chen/Universal Kids/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images A couple of days ago, Universal Kids gave us a nearly 2-minute look at the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior Junior. The new ANWJR is coming in February 2020 and based on the preview, the competition looks even stronger than the first season! We can hear Matt and Akbar with the commentary and these kids are seriously inspiring with their skills and sportsmanship. Check it out: View this post on Instagram #ANWJR SEASON 2 SNEAK PEAK The moment you’ve been waiting for is HERE! We have a first look […]

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Nick Hanson offers inspiration to American Ninja Warrior hopefuls 

Brandon Hickman/NBC Nick’s season 7 submission video was authentically him Four days remain! December 6, 2019, is the very last day to submit your American Ninja Warrior application (by 11:59 p.m. PST to be exact). Ryan Stratis, Dan Yager, and Roo Yori are among those who have already submitted, but there are plenty of Ninjas who are still in the mad dash to submit. If that describes you, Nick Hanson has sent some video inspiration your way. Below is Nick Hanson’s very first ANW submission video (season 7). If unique was what Nick was going for, he nailed it! How […]

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What makes a good Ninja shoe?

Photo by: Brett Deering/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Even those of us who aren’t Ninjas know how important it is to be sure-footed on the course. If you’re a fan of American Ninja Warrior, chances are high that you’ve seen someone’s feet slip out from underneath them on the Spider Jump or their shoes lose traction on the Warped Wall causing them to just slide back down. Even those of us who aren’t Ninjas know how important it is to be sure-footed on the course. As the sport has evolved, it’s no surprise that Ninjas have […]

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Ninjas send turkey day tributes, expressing their thankfulness

Lance Pekus Family is at the top of their thankful list Thanksgiving means different traditions and activities to different people. Whether we spend the day watching football, eat turkey and take a nap, travel to visit family & friends, or volunteer in our community, most of us dedicate a few minutes to reflecting on the reasons we are thankful. The Ninjas are no different, and have a variety of reasons to be thankful. Living in Alaska, it makes sense that Nick Hansen is thankful for coffee. View this post on Instagram I’m Thankful For Coffee ☕️ (& Joanne for always […]

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Need a break from Black Friday shopping? Watch these episodes from ANW season 11

Photo by: William Gray/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Or binge the whole season if you’re holding out for Cyber Monday. Season 11 was epic. We saw some amazing performances, heard amazing stories, and saw another Champion get crowned. So who wouldn’t want to take a look back at some of the episodes? We really think you should just watch the whole season (you can find all 16 episodes here), but if you just want to take a break in between shopping sessions, here are a few suggestions: Las Vegas National Finals Night 4 Obviously, we had […]

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Both new and OG Ninjas participated in the #10YearChallenge

Brett Sims A lot changes in 10 years! Ninjas love to grow…grow stronger, grow smarter, grow faster. The #decadechallenge (or #10YearChallenge) that has recently popped up on Instagram is a neat way to highlight their growth. Check out Philip Scott. In the last decade, he has grown over a foot, developed a whole lot of muscle and top-notch Ninja skills, and overcome some major obstacles. View this post on Instagram A decade apart. I used to be quite the portly lil fella. I was also nowhere near 6’2″ when the first picture was taken lol, probably like 4’11” or 5′ […]

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